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Catherine P.
Machias, Maine
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to play the Great Highland Bagpipes in a year. Fun, simple and engaging lessons that will help you learn to play the Bagpipes with confidence and musicality. Catherine focuses on sight reading, proper notation and skillful technique so you can be a proficient musician of the Bagpipe!
About Catherine P.

I have been playing the Bagpipes since I was 8 years old and have played with two bands, a local community band and a competition band, competing and playing professionally for the last 25 years. Many of my students have won medals in solo competition and have played alongside myself with bands like the World Famous Chieftan's. Recently, during the pandemic, my students have placed 1st and 3rd in the World Online Bagpipe and Drumming Competition! My key instructors have been Sandy Jones, Michel D'avenas and Jori Chisholm, all of whom are renowned pipers and Pipe Majors. I enjoy teaching and have a very patient and gentle style with students. I have taught mature adults and younger students, some with learning disabilities in reading, successfully teaching them to sight read and play fluently and master the bagpipes. I have also taught students with Aspergers with very successful outcomes. Most of my mature students and young students play with competition Pipe Bands now, whereas initially, they had no background in music. I love to help students achieve their goal in piping whether it is to play for their own enjoyment or to compete or participate in a pipe band. Your goal is my goal! It's never too late to be the Bagpiper you always wanted to be!!!


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Excellent instructor. Not only a highly experienced and a skilled teacher, but also very patient, kind, and not overly pompous. Would recommend as a teacher.

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Private Music Instructor
Mar 2007 - Present
Bagpiper Catherine P
I have instructed bagpipe students in my home music studio and online since 2007 with wonderful results creating successful pipers that have joined my Bagpipe Ensemble and competed at the Highland Games in solo and band competition events.
Music Instructor
Sep 2016 - Sep 2018
Cuesta College
I taught a series of workshop style Bagpipe classes through the Community Education Program at Cuesta College, from Beginning the Bagpipe to Intermediate bagpipe classes to college age and retired adult students with fantastic results!
Pipe Major for Junior Ensemble
Jan 2014 - Dec 2018
Bagpiper Catherine P Ensemble
Created a junior ensemble from a select group of students to perform at local community events in order to teach them band craft and skills including marching, playing in unison and performing solo and as a band for a variety of audiences.
Pipe Sergeant
Jan 2017 - Nov 2018
Monterey Bay Pipes and Drums
Pipe Sergeant of the Monterey Bay Pipes and Drums. Lead instructor of local community Pipe Band, Central Coast Pipes and Drums in California.
Aug 2011 - Aug 2015
Fuller Theological Seminary
BA in Philosphy
Aug 1988 - Jun 1991
George Mason University
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Literacy Tutor
Apr 1990
Certified as a Laubach Literacy Tutor
Magic Chanter Award
Jan 2011
Central Coast Pipes and Drums

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